Outdoor Fire Pits History Controlled Burning

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Controlling fire is the main reason that humans have covered the earth. We began our journey living outdoors, and a fire pit was the main method for controlling that fire. Humanity has been tied to fire since the dawn of history. It has been essential for our survival. We have used it to cook, to keep us warm and to keep us safe. Until we learned to control it, we were at its mercy.

It is the “control” that enabled the march to civilization. Fires start naturally, from lightning strikes, lava flows, and other natural causes. Presumably, we carried the coals left from burning wood from place to place until we learned how to create it when we needed it. A fire pit kept it where we wanted it. And we learned to make them.

The earliest fire pits were very simple. An area was cleared of vegetation and other burnable material; some cultures had whole rituals involving the clearing and consecration of the fire pit. It was ringed with rocks, and the fire was lit. Whole clans gathered around the communal fire. When it was time to move on, the fire was put out, and often the cleared vegetation was returned to the place, to hide the fact that people were there.

As civilization advanced, so did the fire pit. The main characteristic of it was that it held the fire and the wood that burned. As humanity became settled, they became more elaborate, and more permanent. With increasing urbanization, the need for a fire pit became necessary. People living in close confines meant that houses made of wood were more vulnerable to fire. No longer could we just light a fire on any cleared space. Fires had to be controlled even more carefully.

The first fire pits were simple clay bowls. As metalworking became more common, metal-bowls became possible for use. Copper was the first metal worked, but soon iron became the norm. Fire pits of metal with elaborate designs began to appear. Screens could be added to help keep sparks and other material from being thrown into the air. Copper is still being used by many traditional metal-smiths

Now outdoor fire pits are available in many designs, and many styles, from traditional, to tribal to modern, laser cut custom-made options. The wood-burning pit is a staple of many urban patios, a way to have a cheerful fire and gather as we once did, enjoying company and warmth. They have come full circle.

Humans have been walking the earth for centuries. Our need for controlled fire is the reason that outdoor fire pits have been with us almost as long. Return to humanitys roots and in safety and comfort with a beautiful fire pit.


Indoor Fountains Enhance your Interior Dcor with Wall Fountains!

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With the ability to purchase a pre-designed fountain for the interior that mimic commercial copper, tempered and glass wall fountains, you can benefit from the tranquility of water flow in a work of art!

Interior decorators may choose to have a specially designed, custom-built wall fountain: something unique. And a company called Bluworld Innovations can create one. However, with many do-it-yourself homeowners and business owners, a more affordable option is to take a look at what pre-designed interior (exterior, too) fountains are available.

If you’re interested in a fountain piece that hangs like a painting or tapestry, wall fountains are worth checking out. Made with a variety of materials such as slate, copper, glass, pebbles and river rock, wall fountains blend naturally, enhancing the Feng Shui as well the dcor in a room. see:

For contemporary spaces, where fussy works of art or decorative objects are excluded and more simple and linear choices favored, these types of hanging fountains are perfect. Prices range from around $200 for a small vertical fountain to around $3,000 for large double and triple panels.

For a slightly different look, consider hanging an art wall fountain (literally). Produced by Harvey Gallery, waterfalls overlay actual oil paintings. With works that look like Picasso, Renoir and Monet, fountain pieces entitled: Koi, Vineyard, and San Francisco Nights, encompass bold and exciting painting design, as well as color. The flow of water combined with some of the fountains optional lighting (tiny holes of light within to create the feel of stars and such) creates something special.

And finally, waterwall fountains and windows, made with tempered glass. These waterfall fountains offer a distinct and elegant feel, combining an artistic contemporarily shaped water feature with natural deep-etched art images on glass.

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Indoor Water Fountains, Negative Ions, And You

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Interior water features are quickly increasing in popularity in North America. Today, an impressive array of beautiful models of indoor water fountains are showing up in homes throughout the country. However, appearances are not the sole reason for the recent interior fountain popularity. Indoor fountains are also gaining interest for their mood-changing qualities. Interior fountains as a treatment for depression? It might not be as far fetched as it sounds.

Indoor fountains give off airborne particles called negative ions. As you might recall from high school chemistry class, a negative ion is a molecule that has dropped one or more electrons, and consequently has a negative charge. For water fountains the negative ions are airborne water molecules created by the turbulence in an indoor fountain. The negative ions can have some very positive effects. Negative ions, due to their electrical charge, adhere to harmful particles in the environment, eliminating air-borne pollutants such as dust and smoke particles. Furthermore many scientists now believe that negative ions, like those generated by an indoor water fountain, may also have a strong effect on mood.

A scientific study at Columbia University confirmed that inhaling negative ions, like those created by indoor fountains, can increase the production of serotonin, the neurotransmitter tied to feelings. Individuals with clinical depression produce abnormally very low levels of serotonin. Because of this, most antidepressant medications counteract the disorder by increasing serotonin levels.

You can easily imagine serotonin as “joy juice”; the more you have, the happier you are. Additional research is necessary, but ion therapy may provide an alternate therapy for depression, by raising serotonin levels without the hazardous side effects associated with most anti-depressant prescription drugs.

As with all preliminary research findings, this one has its limitations. It is unclear what size of an indoor fountain would be required to yield useful levels of negative ions. The research is still in its early stages. What is clear, nonetheless, is that no indoor water feature will hurt. Even a small indoor water feature, with its soothing white noise, is sure to brighten up your surroundings… and perhaps your disposition as well.


Five Striking Features Of Outdoor Advertising!

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The objective of each advertising campaign differs from another. Keeping this point in mind, advertisers adopt various mediums of advertising which best suit the requirements of their brand promotion campaign. Outdoor advertising is one of the oldest mediums of brand promotion. brands through outdoor media vehicles such as billboards, hoardings, kiosks, posters etc have been in vogue ever since the advent of advertising in India. Five important features/ advantages of outdoor advertising are explained below-
-Cost efficiency: Out of home advertising methods are cost effective ways to promote a brand or service because OOH advertising is mostly one time investment. One outdoor ad can be kept for weeks, months or even years (provided the ad is not deteriorated by weather or alike factors). Hence, in one doesn’t need to invest again and again. Just invest once and wait and watch to observe the impact.
-Better reach: Outdoor ads provide better reach to customers as compared to other advertising practices. This is because outdoor ads cannot be switched off like television or print ads. One can avoid a television ad by changing the channel but one cannot avoid an outdoor ad by staying inside home and not going out. The bottom line is that everyone moves out of home and while moving out of home, one happens to watch all those outdoor ads about various brands. The compelling viewership provided to audiences is one of the major advantages or features of an OOH advertising campaign.
-Potential to reach intended customers: Outdoor brand promotion practices such as airport advertising, mall advertising etc have potentials to reach the targeted customers. Airport advertising is one of the most common practices of outdoor brand promotion. Any advertising campaign whether home based or outdoor is successful if it reaches out to the target audience. In such case, outdoor ads have the ability to reach and influence a defined target group with an affluent brand experience.
-Scope for creativity and longevity: provides more scope for creativity and longevity while promoting a brand, service, idea or business activity. This scope for creativity and longevity makes outdoor advertising an effective and reliable tool for brand promotion.
-Constant or non-stop exposure to public: Outdoor ads whether or mall advertising provide constant exposure about the brand to the general public. This is another striking feature/ benefit of outdoor advertising. Maximum exposure in the market place means attracting a larger number of target audiences. Advertising is a customer-centric affair and attracting old/new pool of customers is equally important for an advertiser to promote his brand or service.
Outdoor advertising India is becoming trendy day by day. Especially with the advent of digital technology, outdoor advertising has undergone a radical change as compared to the conventional modes and techniques of brand promotion. The trends of outdoor advertising India are yet to revamp and renovate further with a touch of technological sophistication.
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Indoor Skiing – Does It Compare To The Real Thing

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Some people have never heard of indoor skiing, although most cities will have a center if you care to look around yours. It’s fun and extreme like the regular, outdoor variety, but participants are provided with an artificial area where there is also snow and slopes that they can use to whoosh around.

Skiing is a hugely fun activity that can be done by anyone as long as they have the proper training and experience, and learning inside is an excellent way to get that experience. Indoor skiing is usually done by using a blade that is strapped to the feet of the skier. Then they use snow slopes as a leverage where they can gain speed and glide through the snow.

This is also known to be much safer than doing it in the wild because the terrain is very safe and comfortable. But, there are also rough terrains where extreme skiers can practice their skill and moves.

You should always practice first at a center before you engage in the real thing because some of the outdoor skiing terrains are very dangerous and it’s the real thing, which can be quite cold and scary. Indoor skiing is perfect for beginners and newbies who are just learning to ski.

Although the experiences provided by the man made slopes are not the same as the regular outdoor skiing, it has many benefits and advantages that outdoor skiing doesn’t provide.

One of the advantages of indoor skiing is it is very cheap and affordable because the ski centres don’t charge anywhere near what a normal instructor would charge. Another benefit is that skiing indoors is very safe and relaxing because the area and slopes are not very dangerous, high or steep. Another great benefit of indoor skiing is that there are instructors and professional skiers that will teach you if you’re not yet an expert in skiing. Skiers can also rent ski equipment from the centre for pretty reasonable prices. Another great advantage that indoor skiing provides to the skier is that they can practice all they want even in night time. They can hone their skiing abilities that will prepare them for competitions and events.

These inside slopes are like large sports centers but the only sport that can be done inside is skiing, snowboarding, and even sledding. This is all made possible by snow cannons that provide the artificial snow inside the centre. The whole experience is specially designed to provide the same experience as skiing outdoors. These places also have competitions and events that can be awesome fun for learners and pros alike.

Although indoor skiing may not provide the same extreme experience that the real thing provides, people find it much safer and exciting rather than facing the real slopes.


Indoor Air Purification – A Healthy Home Starts Here

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Protect your family, reduce your health risks, save your money, and discover some of the best plants available to decorate, clean the air you breathe, and enjoy your own Habitat for Health home improvement. How you might ask? Well NASA research has consistently shown that living, green and flowering plants can remove toxic chemicals from indoor air. You can use plants in your home decor to improve the quality of the air and make your home a more pleasant place to feel better and enjoy life.

Some Background on Indoor Air Pollution

Beginning in the 1970s, both new and remodeled buildings were tightly sealed to reduce energy consumption. The building industry also turned away from natural building products and furnishings to synthetic products. Indoor air quality became a major issue as airborne contaminants were trapped in the indoor environment.

Carpeting is one of the major sources of indoor air pollution. Although newly installed carpeting produces the most complaints from emission of irritating chemicals, older carpets harbor dust, dust mites and microbes. Even though the outgassing of chemicals from some carpeting is known to cause serious health concerns, the building industry continues to rely heavily upon its use.

In August 1989, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted a report to Congress on the quality of indoor air found in ten public access buildings. This report stated that more than 900 volatile organic chemicals have been identified in newly constructed buildings and that some levels were 100 times greater than normal levels. This report also stated “that sufficient evidence exists to conclude that indoor air pollution represents a major portion of the public’s exposure to air pollution and may pose serious acute and chronic health risks.” EPA estimated that indoor air pollution is costing tens of billions of dollars per year in medical costs and lost worker productivity.

Building Industry Solutions

Because of health concerns and vocal complaints by building occupants, ventilation was increased to purge the stale indoor air and introduce outside air. However, there are two inherent problems with increasing ventilation rates. First, energy-efficiency is compromised. Secondly, outside air is not always clean, especially in metropolitan areas. The building industry still has not adequately addressed the two-fold problem of providing indoor air quality and energy-efficiency.

How to do it yourself

Home improvement can include home decorating using healthy and economical combinations of material and technology to improve indoor air quality and energy-efficiency.

Visit the Habitat for Health web site regularly to get the latest updates, links, and valuable information like books on How to Grow Fresh Air and subscribe to get a free article each month about plants known to clean the air.

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Garden Twig Furniture The True Outdoor Furniture

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Garden Twig Furniture: The True Outdoor Furniture

Garden twig furniture, as one could guess from its namesake, comes from plants whose branches are bendable enough to be made into furniture. Willow branches are probably the most popular example of twig used in outdoor furniture. In addition, willows grow abundantly and year-round, making them ideal for outdoor use. There’s a large market and appreciation for twig, especially in the do-it-yourself community. Between the rewarding process of building furniture and the beauty of the wood itself, there’s much to appreciate in regards to twig furniture.

Finding the correct sorts of wood is the most important part of the process in building twig furniture. With the abundance of willows and branches, there’s much to choose from. This gives one a sense of freedom in building garden twig furniture. While there’s much time and labor involved in the process, creating your own twig piece is a rewarding experience. Not only does building yourself allow you to add a new piece to your outdoor furniture collection, but it may also give you a sense of accomplishment. The finished product is something to be proud of.

Once finished, varnish should be applied in order to protect it from the natural damage of the outdoors. Although it’s the ideal outdoor garden furniture, twig can be placed just about anywhere, whether it be on a patio or within the thick of woods behind a home. Creating and utilizing twig furniture allows one to truly appreciate the outdoors in a greater sense. The furniture itself is a tradition, symbolizing a time when life was more basic and more advanced means of production simply didn’t exist. Using twigs to make furniture serves as the ultimate representation of making use of the land. Appreciating both the process of production and the nature it represents is what makes twig furniture so great.

Garden furniture may seem ordinary to some, but it really represents something deeper. Building your own twig furniture displays a true love for the outdoors, both creating from the land and making use of it to appreciate what’s outside.


Pros And Cons Of Using A Solar Outdoor Chandelier

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If you have a gazebo or covered patio, one great way of not only providing light to the area, but also of add a touch of style and class is to install an outdoor chandelier. These lights will work on nearly any area where you are able to hang them, but the biggest problem you may run into is actually powering the lights. One popular solution is to use a solar powered fixture, but is it for you?

The major benefit to using a solar powered chandelier is that it is easy to install and takes no money to run. With chandeliers that run on electricity, you need to have an outlet nearby or some other source of power for the lights to run. In most homes, the outdoor gazebos where you might want to install the chandelier arent usually connected to the rest of the home. Even worse, sometimes you might have to hard wire the chandelier into the ceiling, which takes more time and experience with electrical wiring than most people have.

But, by installing a solar powered chandelier, you bypass all of these problems because the fixture creates and consumes its own energy. The solar panel on the top collects energy during the day and then batteries in the fixture release it at night. Not only will you not have to run any wires, but you will save on your electrical bills as well.

However, this is not to say that solar powered chandeliers arent without their downsides. They tend to be a little less bright than electric ones, which can leave you without the light that you need at night. The solar panels also need to be placed in the direct sunlight if you want them to be completely charged. This means that you can place them in areas that might have shade, like trees or other roofs nearby. ON top of this, you still might get stuck with a light fixture that doesnt work when it clouds over or rains for a few days, preventing the solar cells from actually charging up to their fullest extent possible.


Your Own Indoor Herb Kitchen Garden

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It’s so easy to set up an indoor herb kitchen garden because so many culinary herbs are well suited to growing both indoors and in recycled containers. Your ability to grow veggies in your organic kitchen garden starts with only a few simple recycled materials and the simple will to feed your family only the finest organic foods grown fresh in your designed kitchen garden.

Here are six easy to grow herbs without even trying; chives, thyme, mints, French tarragon, sweet marjoram and sage. As well, also think seriously about growing your own parsley, rosemary, nasturtiums and basil. So which ones do you plant and how do you grow them? It really depends firstly on which ones you would like to grow, how much you use of one or the other and then your budget, and of course the amount of well lit space you have.

The high tech “A-Garden” type with its own lights and gadgetry is great and really works well (you know the one it’s advertised on TV everywhere), but it’s not cheap and not very big. Whereas, at the other end of the budget is a set of recycled pots and containers with seedlings and your sunny windowsill, planter box or sunroom.

Something in-between these two extremes are the compartmentalised pots like the “strawberry pot”, which is also great. Also in the middle are the grow veggies kit forms where you just add water and place in a sunny position and look after for a period of a few weeks. These are also absolutely great for those limited to space for your kitchen garden.

I personally do not recommend planting different herbs in the one single pot as the competition for growing space problems far outweighs the advantages of individual containers. If you do use the compartmentalised pots then try to mix the same general types of herbs together for the re-growth habits, height and moisture requirements.

The important thing is light, whether natural or artificial. Adequate light is essential to growing good herbs and veggies. If you don’t have enough natural light then you’ll need to supplement it with artificial light.

Why not consider making your own tiered shelving with its own lighting? I’ve seen it done and its particularly good in climates where it’s dark for much of the year but indoors is continually nice and warm; or even consider using a skylight or solar tube, another inexpensive method of free natural lighting.

If you have a well-lit patio or sunroom where you grow dwarf fruit trees in containers (citrus, stone-fruits or pomegranates etc) then you can plant perennial herbs in the same pots with them such as rosemary, mints etc.


Rectangular Stickers Best For Outdoor And Indoor Use

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